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Road rage

We've all had bad driving lessons - the kind where everything that could go wrong, does. But even on your worst day, I'm pretty sure the experience doesn't come close to poor Conner George's.

Lesson number 4: don't hold up Range Rovers

On only his fourth lesson (round about the time you're still holding your breath as you pass oncoming cars), Conner and his driving instructor committed a fatal error: getting in the way of a very busy and important Range Rover driver.


In typical fourth lesson fashion, Conner had a bit of trouble pulling away in good time at some lights in Essex. Understandable. But unfortunately for Conner, there was a big white Range Rover behind him - the driver of which was incensed by the 20 second delay. You remember: he was very busy and important.

The Range Rover driver beeped, then overtook. Scary enough already. But then he stopped abruptly in front of Conner, causing his driving instructor to hit the dual control brakes.

The driver and his passenger got out of the car and started shouting abuse at Conner and his instructor. Although the instructor repeatedly told them he had a dash cam and they'd be better off letting the incident go, they continued to berate poor Conner, who was probably vowing to ride a bicycle for the rest of his life by this point.

Crunch time

After threatening to call the police, Conner's driving instructor tried to get out of the car, only for one of the men to slam it shut - on his elbow. The elbow was actually BROKEN and the picture of Conner looking on shows his utter disbelief that this was actually happening and he was paying his Saturday wages for the privilege.

Chris Barnett, Conner's driving instructor, told the Daily Mail, "It was obvious Conner was a learner driver and most motorists show a bit of patience when the student struggles a bit."

I’ve never had an incident this bad before. This guy was being really aggressive but his attitude changed a bit as soon as I let him know he was on camera. He threatened to break my fingers off. Then an older guy got out of the car and was waving his fist at me through the window. I opened the door just to make it obvious I was not prepared to put up with it. I told them I was going to call the police and one of the guys slammed the door on my arm.

Chris Barnett
Driving instructor

Sounds like someone needs to take our Road Rage quiz...

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .